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Where would foot­ball fans be with­out the hum­ble tree? Locked out of non-league grounds on FA Cup third round day with­out a hope of watch­ing a gi­ant-killing for a start. In­deed, so integral is this 100-year-old tree to Paraguayan sec­ond-tier out­fit Re­sisten­cia, the club sim­ply built around it when con­struct­ing a new stand. “It’s prob­a­bly our most faith­ful fan,” laughed pres­i­dent Roberto Garcete in giv­ing the tree its own shirt and sea­son ticket, “be­cause it’s here 24 hours a day.” What an in-tree-gu­ing thing to do. Sorry.

Pic­ture Ap/rex/shut­ter­stock

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